Mid '90s-era teen idol Usher has come under fire lately, and not just because he probably has gonorrhea.
It was announced the other day that he's being sued by a girl with whom he had sex without disclosing that he has herpes. She now also has the disease, for which, as discussed in Eddie Murphy's hilarious and prescient Delirious, there is no cure.
And then after it came out that this girl might get some money, it was announced that Usher is being sued by two other girls and a guy, who also claim to have gotten herpes from him.
Who knows how many people might eventually sue? Imagine how many girls (and guys!) Usher has probably had sex with, going back to when I was in the eighth grade, if not further than that.
Arguably, people shouldn't be allowed to sue Usher just because he gave them herpes, and the bored hoodrats making fun of him on Black People Twitter ought to be ashamed of themselves. Here's why.
For starters, Usher doesn't know any better. He's been a public figure since he was a mere adolescent. He never had a chance to learn how normal, healthy people engage in sexual activity.
He was signed to LaFace Records by LA Reid, who was recently let go from Epic Records for, among other things, supposedly copping hoo-ers to reward his male employees. Was he copping hoo-ers for Usher back when the singer was like 14? That might be where he got herpes in the first place.
You can't blame someone for spreading a disease they caught back before they even knew there was such a thing as a sexually transmitted disease. Usher was probably pulled out of high school before he could take sex ed. He might not even know how to read.
Both of LA Reid's wives were women he met in his capacity as record label exec, and it's been suggested that he bangs most, if not all, of his female employees, and probably many of the artists as well. (I'm so jealous.) With that kind of role model, is it any wonder that Usher engages in risky and/or inappropriate sexual behavior?
In the time in between when he was signed to LaFace and when his first album came out, a young Usher went to New York to live with Diddy, then known as Puff Daddy. That's probably how he became secretly gay.
Because Usher swings both ways, I'd argue that it's homophobic to criticize him for knowingly spreading herpes. Would bored hoodrats on Black People Twitter make fun of a straight artist for spreading the disease?
It's a known fact that Pimp C—one of the straightest men to ever walk the earth, fur coat notwithstanding—had herpes. I don't seem to recall people making fun of him. Well, not for having herpes.
Accusing gay men of spreading sexually transmitted diseases has been a common tactic of homophobes since at least as far back as the early days of the AIDS epidemic, when the disease was called the gay cancer just because the vast majority of the people who had it were gay, and as the aforementioned Pimp C pointed out in his legendary column in Ozone magazine, it wouldn't be as widespread as it is if it weren't for DL brothers, possibly including Ne-Yo and Russell Simmons.
Pimp C was murdered by the Illuminati in 2007, before political correctness was nearly as widespread as it is today. Today, it's understood that you're not allowed to call a transgender women a guy just because she was born male and probably hasn't parted ways with her unit (which should be a requirement for anyone who wants to be called a woman).
So why is it, then, that we're allowed to criticize Usher for knowingly spreading a disease, when, for all we know, he might not believe that he even has a disease? Maybe Usher is trans-healthy. Who are we to say that Usher has herpes just because he occasionally has a rash on his peen? Who among us can claim to have a perfectly normal-looking peen? Does such a thing even exist? Mine is significantly larger than it should be. I'm not sure what's going on with it.
As many a politically correct blowhard pointed out on Twitter the other day, herpes is a very common disease. I googled it just now, and apparently one in six people have it. And once you adjust for the kind of girls that a guy who doesn't have as much to offer society can reasonably expect to have sex with, i.e. mostly sex workers, that number probably jumps up to six in six.
You should never, ever have sex with someone who seems like they might have herpes, either based on their line of work or what their vagine looks like, but how can you avoid having sex with someone who might have herpes, if anyone you could possibly have sex with has herpes? You can't. It's literally impossible. And according to the communicative-disease principle of mathematics, if enough people make a bad decision, then by definition, it's no longer a bad decision. It's normal behavior. What Usher did was perfectly normal.
And even if it wasn't, I don't know if that's a good enough reason for him not to engage in risky sexual behavior with reckless abandon. To suggest otherwise would be to suggest that Usher is undeserving of love just because he has an incurable sexually transmitted disease. Meanwhile, it's considered verboten to suggest that a woman isn't worthy of being loved just because she's overweight—which is a disease, in a sense (arguably, one of the worst).
If women who suffer from the terrible affliction that is obesity were considered not worthy of being loved, then that would mean that, statistically, almost all black women would be considered not worthy of being loved (not just the vast majority of them lol). The black-female marriage rate would plummet from its already historically low levels. But there wouldn't be as many children born to single mothers, because you gotta have sex to have a baby.
The girls on Black People Twitter might want to think about that the next time they fix their fingers to make fun of Usher.